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Quicksilver Software
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
DOS 1991
Windows (DOSBox) October 21, 2008[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) 2012
Linux (DOSBox) February 14, 2017[2]
Castles on Wikipedia
Castles 1991
Castles II: Siege and Conquest 1992

For the unrelated puzzle game, see Castles (2015).

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Run in DOSBox.
Includes the expansion and Castles II: Siege and Conquest. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Northern Campaign
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit CASTLES.BAT[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit CASTLES.BAT.
  3. Remove the casint.exe line and save your changes.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME.*
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME.*[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/666660/pfx/[Note 3]
SAVEGAME.DAT contains a save index and must be present for saves to be loaded.
In-game settings are stored in each save rather than shared. Some settings are not stored between sessions.
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings ( version)
Graphics settings ( version)

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Disabled by default (toggle with J).
Full controller support
Must enable at every launch with J (setting is not stored).
Controller remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Toggle with M.
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Everything is text-based.
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't move down or right with controller[edit]

Change joystick timing[citation needed]
  1. Edit the DOSBox configuration file (dosboxCastles1.conf for the version).
  2. Change timed=true to timed=false and save your changes.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).
  3. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/666660/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (666660) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.